Good morning, folks. If you stayed up last night to watch the Islanders visit the Canucks, you were wise. You are also probably tired, like me. Apologies for the late Bits; I actually had most of them done last night before the game, but Autosave thwarted my efforts.
Back at it again in St. Louis tomorrow night, for an evening with the Blues.
- Recaps: LHH | Newsday | Islanders | NHL.com | Nucks Misconduct
- Andrew Ladd, who scored the game-winner last night in OT, was in Calgary the night before to celebrate being "Forever a Hitmen" (yes, "a Hitmen" is just absolutely horrendous work but know that it wasn't my decision, folks). [Newsday]
- Cal Clutterbuck, who gave the puck away in the final minute to allow Vancouver the chance to ultimately tie it, has experienced a frustrating return to the season. [Newsday]
- As the Sound Tigers head off to Utica [Soundin' Off] Michael Fornabaio profiles Michael Dal Colle, who is starting to adjust with 13 points in 13 games. [CT Post]
- The NHL's all-underrated team, as told by the stats, includes Calvin de Haan. Folks, he's good. (And what a pass to set up the game-winning goal from my big beautiful boy!) [NHL.com]
- The Islanders have played a significant part in the growth of hockey in China. [ESPN]
- Tim Vail was a Niagara-area firefighter that died in a tragic accident a year and a half ago. His son, Tanner, loves John Tavares and Marcel Dionne, so the Niagara Ice Dogs had Dionne come on the ice with Tanner to present him a signed-and-framed John Tavares jersey. What a great moment. [CHCH]
- Last night's NHL scores.
- Elliotte Friedman's always-essential 30 Thoughts features a mention of the idiocy that surrounds Joshua Ho-Sang wearing #66, of a "team possibly coming close to the asking price for Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog," and some Olli Jokinen and Dwayne Roloson bits.
- Lee Chin, a hurler and Gaelic football player, spent a week in the Canucks organization and allegedly discovered they break slumps by getting hammered and trying to get laid, but Trevor Linden calls the allegations "baseless." [NBCSN]
- P.A. Parenteau - where have I heard that name before - was sent to the Predators from the Devils and, as an offensive weapon on his sixth team in four years, is the NHL's ultimate hired gun. [The Tennesseean]
- Speaking of the Preds, they had jettisoned their old-school fourth liners this summer when they cut ties with Eric Nystrom and Paul Gaustad, but they decided to go back to that style by adding Cody McLeod and Vernon Fiddler before the deadline, and, along with Harry Zolniercyzk, they have cost Nashville points. [On the Forecheck]
- Tom Sestito, called up to defend "Teh Code" while ultimately breaking it himself, was suspended four games for running Tobias Enstrom. Stephane Quintal has done, pardon my language, an absolute shit job of running the Department of Player Safety and has done nothing to ensure the safety of the players. Four games isn't going to deter scum like Sestito from being scum. They're basically telling the rest of the league that their well-being isn't important if it can be used even slightly for entertainment. *climbs down off soapbox*